Planet Kansas News

Voice of the Kansas Sierra Club

The Biofuel Illusion

There’s been a lot of talk lately about the promise of biofuels — liquid fuels like ethanol and biodiesel made from plants — to reduce our dependence on oil.  Even President Bush beat the biofuel drum in his last State of the Union speech. Fuel from plants?  Sounds pretty
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Southwind’s Annual Picnic and Walk With Wildlife

On June 9 at the ChisholmCreekPark shelter some 25 Southwind Sierrans gathered for the annual picnic that is held in lieu of a June program. To accompany the barbequed beef and chicken, those attending brought a variety of dishes and no one left hungry.  Margaret and Paul Miller were
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What’s Going On With Rising Energy Prices?

Just seven years ago, U.S. gasoline prices were not much over $1 a gallon. As of this writing, the national average price for regular unleaded is pushing $3 a gallon according to the AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report ( While some claim this is due to gouging
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Sierra Club Releases Wind Study for Kansas

The Kansas Chapter of the Sierra Club releases a wind study validating the effectiveness of wind in Kansas, proving to skeptics its value. From the press release of July 17, 1006… “Wind farms in central and western Kansas would have substantially helped to meet high electr
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Editorial: Cool Cities Can Help Save Planet

Nothing threatens the future of our planet, the security of our nation or the health of our air, water and wildlands more than the way we produce and consume energy. And as pollution from fossil fuels — such as oil, coal and natural gas — causes global temperatures to rise
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